Ah, work. Some love it, some hate it – either way it’s a really easy place to become lazy. Especially when you work in an office. With people always bringing in cakes or sweet treats, making coffees and all the sitting down you do throughout the day, it’s easy to lose track of just how little time you’ve spent being active. Not to mention, when you get home I’m sure the last thing you want to do is work out. So, to help you beat those lazy workdays we’ve got 5 quick tips to keep you active all day long.
Get up every hour and do 10 x reps.
It sounds silly, but the best way to do this is to set a reminder every hour on the hour to do 10 x reps of an exercise. For example, each hour you could do 10 x lunges on each leg, or 10 x pushups. By the end of the day you will have done 80 reps – which is a lot when you add it up over the week! You’ll be surprised at the strength you gain from something so simple.
Every time you go to the toilet do 10 x squats
We know, it sounds awkward, but why not? By doing 10 x squats a couple of times a day when you go to the bathroom, and you will be better off for it. It takes less than a minute, and will have your behind looking amazing!
Fill your water bottle up half way so you have to walk and get more
A friend told me once that they do this – and ever since I started doing it, my pedometer step count has grown tremendously. When you’re an office worker in particular, you sit down to work, eat, and drive and then when you get home you sit again. It’s good to get up off your feet more often, so by filling your water bottle up only half way you will be getting up at twice as much as what you used to!
Walk at lunchtime
This is so important when you sit at your desk all day, and then go to lunch and sit down again. Try to get up and move around – whether it means eating your lunch quicker and going for a quick power walk around the block, or bringing your sneakers to work and going for a light jog before lunch, you’ll get your heart rate up and feel better for it by the end of the day.
Cut the coffee
I know, I know – this is many of our weaknesses, but in a work environment we tend to socialize around getting a coffee. Not only is this extra calories and caffeine that you may not need, it’s not the best for you. Instead try substituting it for herbal tea or hot water with lemon with honey. Your body will thank you and you can still chat with everyone making coffee!
Now that you have all you need to lead a healthier, happier workday, go out and do it! We’ love to see snaps of you squatting at your desk, or enjoying a cup of herbal tea at lunchtime. Just tag us @creativegourmetofficial or #creativegourmet